Raising a Slain Character
Under normal circumstances, one can raise the dead through simple use of
Raise Dead, or an equivalent power, although one will usually need to then cast
other healing or regenerative spells upon the very weak (but now living) victim
before they can return to health.
If a character is slain by death magic, it is preferable to quickly raise
that character from the dead to prevent the deceased from reanimating as a
shambling corpse. Three rituals are required, and must be performed the same day
the character was slain:
If the first ritual is not used, the character still rises from the dead, but
is now both evil and insane. If the third ritual is not used, the character
still rises from the dead, but does so having already contracted a terminal and
incurable form of Undead Spiral. Because of these facts, shortcuts are not
If the slain character is not going to be raised from the dead, one the
following burial procedures must be used to prevent reanimation of the corpse as
- The corpse must be blessed with holy water and laying on of hands, and
prayed over. The body must then be interned in earth following whatever
methods are appropriate for a member of the victimís faith.
- If the victim was known to wield dark powers (and thus may be seeking some
twisted way to return to this world after death), the body must be decapitated
and a wooden stake thrust through the heart of the corpse.
- If the religious beliefs of the victim are unknown, then a general burial
ceremony can be used, so long as Protection from Death Magic (or similar
power) is bestowed upon the corpse just prior to internment. A holy symbol of
a good-aligned god, preferably that of the True One, must also be hung from
the neck of the corpse.
- Cremation is a foolproof method of internment. A completely cremated
individual can only be raised from the dead as a non-corporeal Undead, such as
an Empty Silhouette. If the ashes are sprinkled with holy water or silver
dust, then even this form of animation is impossible.
- If the character is buried at sea, his hands and feet must be bound in
silver chains, and have Protection from Death Magic invoked over the body.
- If the character is buried in a mass grave, each corpse must be blessed,
have incense dust and holy water sprinkled over the corpses, then have a
powdered base (caustic) of at least int(2) showered over the mass bodies prior
For believers of non-Evil deities, but who do not worship the True One,
cremation is the best, as only the True Oneís portfolio includes defense against